Just before the building stopped in Spain, around 2007/8, the socialist government at that time would only allow major housing developments if at least 25% was set aside for social housing. The crash came before their initiative was properly implemented, but it had countrywide support.
The current PP administration is not particularly socially minded, but they have hinted that thousands of the empty homes which will soon belong to the Banco Malo, the government bank, will be made available for social housing according to the needs of the population.
Social housing is not any kind of panacea from what I’ve seen from gipsy clearances in cities like Alicante – they’ve taken their scruffy houses away and placed them in apartment blocks which soon turned into horrible slums, dangerous places, smothered in graffiti.
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